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Essays on Religion, Science and Society (Bavinck)

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Herman Bavinck, the premier theologian of the Kuyper-inspired, neo-Calvinistic revival in the late-nineteenth-century Netherlands, is an important voice in the development of Protestant theology. This volume, now in paper, is the capstone of his distinguished career. These seminal essays offer an outworking of Bavinck's systematic theology as presented in his Reformed Dogmatics and engage enduring issues from a biblical and theological perspective. The collection presents his mature reflections on issues relating to ethics, education, politics, psychology, natural science and evolution, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. Pastors, students, and scholars of Reformed theology will value this work.

Table of Contents:

  1. Philosophy of Religion (Faith)
  2. The Essence of Christianity
  3. Theology and Religious Studies
  4. Psychology of Religion
  5. Christianity and Natural Science
  6. Evolution
  7. Christian Principles and Social Relationships
  8. On Inequality
  9. Trends in Psychology
  10. The Unconscious
  11. Primacy of the Intellect or the Will
  12. Trends in Pedagogy
  13. Classical Education
  14. Of Beauty and Aesthetics
  15. Ethics and Politics


"I have long admired Bavinck as a major systematic theologian, but in these essays I discovered a Bavinck I never knew. He moves easily--and brilliantly--through adolescent psychology, conceptions of the unconscious, Islam, social contract theory, evolutionary thought, philology, and aesthetics, to name only a few of a broad set of topics. Here an amazing nineteenth-century Calvinist mind addresses with much wisdom a twenty-first-century intellectual agenda!" - Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary.

"The writings of Bavinck deserve both translation and wide dissemination, and the Dutch Reformed Translation Society is providing a great service of the theological world in this regard. Bavinck is a careful and engaged scholar whose work in the realm of religion, science, and society is still fruitful for Christian reflection." - Malcolm B. Yarnell III.

"This volume of essays demonstrates taht good theology is not resstricted to private matters of personal peity and faith but has an essential public dimension. The Triune God, who saves us through the work of Christ and incorporates us into the body of CHrist, the new people of God, by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, is the same God who is Creator of heaven and earth...It is the insistence on taking creation seriously as God's revelation without in any way diminishing the necessity of biblical revelation as the key to understanding it that is the hallmakr of bavinck's writing on matters of religion, education, science, and soceity." - John Bolt, From the Editor's Introduction.


Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. His Reformed Dogmatics is a standard text for modern Reformed theology.